Sermons on “Love”

CircleOnly

The Dream (MLK Tribute)

We gathered at Ormond Church to honor a man who believed all mankind has been created equally in the Image of God and therefore all mankind shares an inherent value regardless of race, gender, or wealth. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. learned from Jesus how to inspire peace and unity in the hearts of men, and like Jesus, was put to death for it. Today we honor them both in our message; “The Dream.”

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imitators

Imitators

Have you ever had a celebrity crush? Have you ever thought someone was just so great that you wanted to be just like them? I think we all have; my first idol was Michael Jordan. When I grew a little older however, that’s when I met Jesus. I met my Creator, and he far exceeded anyone I had ever met in personality, in behavior, in power, in wealth, in honor, and in love. So I decided I would become His follower, I would be an imitator.

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lifeterminated

Life Terminated

What do War and Abortion have in common? Everything.

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symptomatic

Symptomatic

Although sin manifests in many forms, all sin shares a common root. Like a disease, the various sins we commit are merely the symptoms of a greater problem; if we treat only the symptoms we’ll never recover from the disease itself. When we look at a story like Sodom and Gomorrah, we often focus in on the various sins the cities committed which lead to their destruction. But these sins were symptomatic of a much greater problem. Like Sodom, we as individuals often try to treat the symptoms of our disease; we try to stop sexual immorality, stop slander, stop theft, stop alcoholism. But what if we are merely treating the symptom? How many times have we cut off a sin in our life only to have a new one spring up in it’s place? Together we discover how to kill sin at the root!

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lovegives

Love Ignited

Jesus said in the last days that “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” in Matthew 24:12. This is a call to action for the believer; to increase in righteous living and set our hearts ablaze with love!

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RighteousAndWicked

The Righteous & The Wicked

In Scripture, Our Father informs us of many observable actions which reveal who the righteous and the unrighteous are. A common theme we witness in scripture is the difference between how the righteous vs the unrighteous treat the poor. This difference will surprise both the seasoned Christian and the new believer!

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ChildrenOfGod

Children of God

Jesus said “blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called Children of God” in Matthew 5:9. Last week we discussed shedding our Earthly labels in favor of our unifying Heavenly label; Christian. This week we take a deeper look into the qualities of a true Christian, and what leads to one being a biblical “Child of God.”

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label

Change Your Label

In a world of labels being used to divide us, Black & White, Male & Female, Republican & Democrat, Protestant & Catholic…. we have one label that matters above all others, one that is used to unify us; Christian.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” – Galatians 3:28 ESV

In a culture becoming increasingly divisive, Christian culture ought to be increasingly inclusive; welcoming all people from all races, professions, political affiliations, sexes, sexual orientations, and religions to come and experience the love of Jesus. When Christ becomes our identity, we can break through barriers and stand up for justice for all people.

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CONFIRMYOURELECTION

Confirm Your Election

St. Peter said one ought to be “diligent to confirm your calling and election.” The Apostle Paul said one ought to “examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.” Being willing to “examine” ones actions and “confirm” ones salvation is a monumental step towards spiritual maturity. For if one is found to be lacking in an area, they now have the opportunity to address their weaknesses and overcome them by the help of the Holy Spirit. Together we’ll discover how to “self review” your faith and how to take steps towards spiritual maturity.

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lovegives

Love Gives

How much does God love the world? So much that he gave his one and only son. We discover through this incredible act of generosity that love gives.

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